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Full text of "Poland Russia and Great Britain 1941-1945"

that have been made in small workshops . . . The weapons dropped by the
R.A.F. have been of great value, but are inadequate in quantity.
" Food is a great problem. Warsaw has been starved by the Germans
for nearly five years. The quantity of food in the city at the outbreak of
hostilities was small. It is already 24 days since hostilities began and at the
moment we see no hope of a speedy end to the present state of affairs.
(*e The population have a second great worry. What form will the Russian
occupation take ? News comes every day that more leading members of
the community are being arrested in territories occupied by Soviet troops.
Also a large number of officers from the Home Army have been put into
Soviet concentration camps. Throughout the war the Polish people have
had little sympathy with the Russian cause; now they have none. It was
understood by the Polish people when the uprising started, that it was only
a question of a few days before the Soviet troops entered the city.5')
The chapter in brackets was omitted by The Times.
In the midst of these events came September ist, and the fifth anni-
versary of the Second Great War was reached. The British Prime
Minister broadcast on that day praising the " Polish armies who have
won and are still winning renown, fighting on all the main fronts in the
great final battle which will liberate Europe and make possible the restora-
tion of a strong and independent Poland." He added briefly," in Warsaw
the heroic struggle continues., watched attentively by the world."
On the same day Warsaw, celebrating the anniversary behind barricades,
amid fire and ruins, sent an appeal to the Polish forces fighting abroad :
" We are alone ! " the radio station Blyskawica (Lightning) broadcast
in helpless despair.
"Airmen remember ! Warsaw needs only five tons of ammunition daily
to enable her to continue her fight.
" Sailors, escorting convoys to Russia, remember Warsaw needs five
tons of ammunition daily.
" Soldiers, remember the soldiers of the Home Army in Warsaw need
five tons of ammunition daily.
" Parachutists, to whom not so long ago we gave a flag, remember we
have already waited a month for you."
Warsaw was pleading for five tons of ammunition, yet at the same time,
the French, Yugoslav, Italian and every other resistance movement in
Europe, were being supplied with thousands of tons. Hitler's erstwhile
satellite countries received more consideration than the Poles in Warsaw.
Rumania, for an example, was supported by five hundred Allied aircraft,
who bombed targets indicated by its troops on the second day after it
had quitted the camp of the Axis.
With each succeeding day the Polish Government begged the Allied
Governments to grant aid to a dying Warsaw, and, through London,
approached the Soviet Government continuously with the same pleas,
but as the Big Three had already reached some agreement as to the sphere
of their political and military activity in Europe, and Moscow evidently
did not wish to change it or allow her other partners to interfere in her
zone, the Polish capital . . . had to wait. On September i, another
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